Chapter Spotlight: Spring Break-ing for a Cause

It’s National Volunteer Week and we want to highlight some Chapters doing exactly that. To help us kick off the week, Brian Reitz of the Delta Xi Chapter tells us about the Alternative Spring Break he and his Delta Xi Brothers took to Carver Elementary in Mississippi with Mizzou Breaks. Share your volunteering story with us and as always, make sure you’re logging your hours with Hours of Hope!


By Brian Reitz, Delta Xi Chapter ‘14

From Saturday, March 22 to Saturday, March 29, I co-led an Alternative Spring Break trip to Carver Elementary School in Indianola, Mississippi. Our trip consisted of 12 Brothers of Phi Sigma Pi’s Delta Xi Chapter at the University of Missouri. We chose that location because it was deemed a high-risk area by Teach For America, our Fraternity’s philanthropy.

(From front to back, left to right) Student-teachers-for-the-week Elise Henn, Kori Richardson, Emily Eckfeld, Nick Yeisley, Brian Reitz, Tyler Easton, Rob Sessions, Abdimalik Mohamud, Kristian Mundahl, Joshua Kim, Patrick Dent and Audrey Sanders pose with Carver Elementary School Principal William Murphy following a long week of service around the school. While at the school, located in Indianola, Mississippi, the volunteers represented the Delta Xi Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi and Mizzou Alternative Breaks by teaching lessons, hosting a college fair, distributing report cards and enjoying some quality recess time with the kids.

(From front to back, left to right) Student-teachers-for-the-week Elise Henn, Kori Richardson, Emily Eckfeld, Nick Yeisley, Brian Reitz, Tyler Easton, Rob Sessions, Abdimalik Mohamud, Kristian Mundahl, Joshua Kim, Patrick Dent and Audrey Sanders pose with Carver Elementary School Principal William Murphy following their week of service at the school.

In our time there, each Brother volunteered in his or her own classroom, taking an incredible leadership position as both a role model and a teacher. The group of Brothers grew very close in their time traveling and learned so much about both our Fraternity’s philanthropy and the education system in general. We also hosted a college fair for the school’s sixth graders. During this aspect of our service, we delivered 15 presentations each and hosted Q&A sessions for the students in an ultimate effort to get them interested in attending college.  The other Brothers spoke about engineering, journalism, history, education, business and science.

Brothers at the College Fair

Throughout the week, senior Rob Sessions and junior Nick Yeisley gave 15 presentations to 6th graders about engineering, college and the importance of having a strong work ethic.

I believe our Alternative Spring Break trip exemplified Phi Sigma Pi’s tripod of leadership, scholarship and fellowship.

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Braving the flood waters

Braving the flood waters

 

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  1. […] that have a meaningful impact to the local community such as the Teeter-Totter-A-Thon and Spring Break Service Project. Fellowship: Phi Sigma Pi develops a culture of fellowship within the organization. In addition to […]

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